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Miners’ Picnic a day of fun for the family

Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley is hosting its 112th Miners’ Picnic, an event that was once a fundraiser for miners injured or killed in the gold mines and is now a fundraiser for the park and its public educational programs.

Fun for the whole family, the day – Saturday, Aug. 25 – includes games, contests, gold panning for a small fee and live entertainment. Also, a silent auction starts at the clubhouse at 10:30 a.m.

Living history presentations, with volunteers portraying those who lived and worked at the mine at the turn of the 20th century, are ongoing and include a re-enactment of a mine disaster and rescue (get to the mine yard by 10:45 a.m. if you want to see this).

Food for purchase includes Cornish pasties, hotdogs and ice cream; or bring your picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, which is lush and shaded by huge old trees, truly, very pretty.

The hours of this event are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; there is a fee. Call (530) 273-8522 or log on to http://www.empiremine.org for more information.

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